Vegas and reggae legends Joseph Hill, Beres Hammond, Culture and Marcia Griffiths to name a few. 
The new single “Strangers” is a mix of vintage & modern production, co- written produced & tailored like haute couture by Guillaume “Gee” Metenier, the riddim track is performed by a line-up of top players from Paris international music scene. Courtney has also penned and produced hits for international stars, Nelly Furtado & Michael Franti, as well as Luciano, Mr. Courtney John’s solo efforts have garnered him some of music’s highest accolades, his releases From Letters to Words and 2009’s Made in Jamaica with the infectious single “Lucky Man” saw crossover success. Strangers is the 1st single from Courtney John’s  4th solo studio album of the same name which will be released in January, 2017. Courtney John returns with ‘Strangers’

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Meet Courtney John, the lovers rocker, that enigmatic, rare artist who comes along every once in a while, with uniqueness that simply radiates. His peers have called him a modern-day Slim Smith; some say he’s like a young Eddie Kendrick’s or even Curtis Mayfield. 

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Writing, singing and producing comes naturally to Courtney John who was born into a musical family. He grew up listening to his uncles Winston and Beres Hammond, so it came as no surprise, when at age twelve; he wrote and performed his first song. Vocal and lyrical contribution to Sly & Robbie’s 2011 Grammy Nominated Album “One Pop Reggae” only further established John as a musical heavyweight and his title as the worldwide “Lovers Rocker”.

“Astro came over to my house in Balsall Heath to talk about lyrics, but I didn’t want to talk about the band, as I had a rat hiding behind my washing machine! Another original to be given a fresh sheen is 1986’s ‘Rat In Mi Kitchen’, with Terence Wilson (Astro) again providing talk-over vocals. Among the highlights on the album is a new version of ‘I Got You Babe’, featuring vocalist Ali Campbell’s 22-year-old daughter Kaya Campbell, who sings the lines originally performed by Chrissie Hynde when the track topped the UK charts in 1985. Some people thought it was about the government of Margaret Thatcher, but it had nothing to do with politics.”

At the end of if all, there’s no denying the impeccable legacy of the band with the opus offering an inventive spin and a summation of Reggae at its best. “It all sounds very fresh. UB40 Embraces Vocal Tranquility with ‘Unplugged’ and ‘Greatest Hits’ Compilations

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“This is the first time we’ve taken iconic UB40 tunes and done them in an acoustic style,” says Ali Campbell. Channelling the essence of Jimmy Cliff on Many Rivers To Cross, the vibrancy of Lord Creator’s Kingston Town and the showmanship of Eric Donaldson’s Cherry Oh Baby, UB40 brought curious listeners on a compelling musical journey, up close and personal with the here and now, while saluting the greats that have paved the way for today’s musical geniuses. It’s completely unlike anything we’ve done before.”

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Embodying the classic-tinge of Reggae’s early years paired with the delivery of finger-snapping, gospel-esque harmonies and certainly irresistible replay worthy moments, the double-disc opus spins as a time capsule Reggae lovers have longed for and can now fully embrace. “That song was based on a real incident,” recalls Ali.

While we have no doubt that Warner Bros. But according to ScreenRant, what made this new rumor more credible was that it came from Jim Hill, described by the site as a “legendary theme park journalist and historian … Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 20, 2017While another rumor about a “Cursed Child” trilogy, also starring Radcliffe, broke last year shortly after the premiere of the play, it was strongly denied by Warner Bros., which said it had “no plans” to make those movies. Posted January 20, 2017 by Katie Roberts”Harry Potter” fans have had it good the last couple of years, with lots of new Potter-centric content to devour from a wealth of sources, including fan site Pottermore, the new prequel flick “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (and its four upcoming sequels), and the sequel play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” But according to “Potter” creator J.K. The rumor mill started churning when blogs picked up on a recent podcast that alluded to an alleged conversation between film distributor Warner Bros. whose contacts at Disney and Universal run well into the movie and television divisions.”During an appearance on the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast last week, Hill alluded to NBC Universal — which has the current television rights to the “Potter” series and “Fantastic Beasts” — also claiming rights “when they’re finally made – [to] the trilogy of movies that will be based on ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'”Hill went on to say that there have already been discussions with the actors about these new films:I have heard that Warner Bros. And, of course, they’re hiring a bunch of new, younger actors to play their children with the hope that, if we can lean on J.K. has actually had conversations with [Emma Watson], with Rupert [Grint], and, of course, Daniel [Radcliffe] about Cursed Child, ’cause they want this to be, for lack of a better term, Harry Potter: The Force Awakens. They want this trilogy of movies to have the actors that we know and love from the original films, that we watched grow up, as adults. The play still needs to make its Broadway debut stateside, and the actors have a lot of growing up to do if they’re going to realistically reprise their roles.Maybe someday there will be some truth to this rumor. [Rowling], maybe there’ll be The Cursed Adolescent.”Sadly, Rowling’s statement makes all of that a moot point. For now, we’ll enjoy the actual, plentiful “Potter” content we do have.[via: ScreenRant] Rowling, that embarrassment of riches does not include a “Cursed Child” trilogy featuring the original film franchise’s actors.Rowling took to Twitter on Friday to deny reports that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint were negotiating deals to reprise their roles as Harry, Hermione, and Ron in a “Cursed Child” series that was to have been released around the year 2026, when their ages matched up to those of the characters in the play. and the trio of actors about reuniting for a “Force Awakens”-style series that would have them return to the roles that made them famous.But Rowling shut such speculation down, telling followers, “there is NO TRUTH to the rumour about a #CursedChild movie trilogy!”I know a lot of people are looking for reasons to be cheerful today, but there is NO TRUTH to the rumour about a #CursedChild movie trilogy! will eventually explore some sort of big screen adaptation for “Cursed Child” — and may indeed try to woo Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint to return — it’s way too early for such speculation. — J.K.

I really do — I love the people that I work with, and I crave routine so intensely. And we’re doing a “Harry Potter” birthday party because we’ve been reading the “Harry Potter” books. So it’s an interesting balance. So it’s different.I crave the balance. [Laughs] Oh, that sounds horrible, and now I have a pang of mommy guilt by saying that out loud. They don’t need to throw another one in there!How is your husband with this onscreen relationship?It’s always weird, but what’s wonderful is that both Jesse [Williams] and I are super-professional. And he is, like, incredibly invested. Posted January 18, 2017 by Scott HuverAre “Grey’s Anatomy’s” April and Jackson actually on their way to happy ending? But I really, really love my job. I think so. I don’t know how anybody can ever get around that. There are a lot of things that I feel like I’ve said as a “doctor” and then I find myself doing.When you’ve had some time off, what’s it like that first day back on the “Grey’s Anatomy” set?It’s interesting, because on the one hand, I’m super-psyched to be back because I love my job. My husband has been reading them to him, and so he’s on the second to last one. We have actually — it’s going to air in March — but a whole episode dedicated just to the two of us, where we go on a trip to Montana together for a case, a throat transplant. Everybody has to come. I crave having time there and time at home. Are they meant to be together?Yes — yeah. It’s very different, tonally, than a lot of the other episodes. But I also feel like it’s kind of a great, big lie. It’s not like frantic and moving super-fast. Well, let’s see what a road trip does to their relationship.Sarah Drew, who plays one half of the up-and-down couple, says that there’s a big Japril episode ahead as the series resumes its 13th season that will have the oft-dallying doctors on a business trip together … away from the confines of Grey Sloan Memorial.Meanwhile, the actress — the mother of two children with her husband, academian Peter Lanfer — admits that, as thrilled as she was to dive back into the “Grey’s” drama, there’s a pang of mommy guilt every time she heads off to work.Moviefone: What can you say about where we’re picking up with April and Jackson as the season restarts?Sarah Drew: Well, there’s a lot of fun things in store, especially for Japril coming up. There’s a lot of quiet space and stillness. But there you go. But being home with the kids for the whole two-week Christmas break …”Where’s the nanny now?”Yes, that’s exactly what I was saying every, single day. I mean, they’ve been through so much, and they still have so much love for one another. And it’s a good challenge.Have you ever been taken in by the breadth of medical information you’ve recited on the show and think, “I think I know what’s wrong with you”?No, no. I say that only because I agree that women can have all of the elements, one-hundred percent they can. And it’s really pivotal for the two of them, individually and also as a pair. But that has been my experience.I will say there are times when my daughter reaches for the nanny before she reaches for me, and my heart breaks a little. So my daughter is Professor Umbridge. I already have two men that I’m regularly making out with. And my husband is Mr. And I think I’m going to be challenged by it forever, and I welcome that challenge. And, sometimes, the emotional gymnastics at work are a hell of a lot easier than the emotional gymnastics at home with the children. Weasley.As you headed back to work after hiatus, did you feel a little pang of parental guilt?Oh, yes. It is a whole other job that is as consuming and requires different emotional gymnastics than work does. The only thing that I feel like I’ve gleaned is that when my kids fall and clonk their heads, I immediately check their pupils to see if one is bigger than another. It is inherent in our DNA, and maybe people would disagree with me. And they just need to get past their sh*t.As an actress, you’re not like, “Can you bring in somebody new to kiss?”Nah. Kevin McKidd directed it. But there will always be a tug and a push and a pull, and you will always feel like you’re sacrificing something for something else — always. And I’m a much more present mom because I go and do something that I love a lot, and I feel very fulfilled by it. He loves dressing up. So it’s a costume party. And I come home refreshed and energized to be mom. And we always have been.And super-married.Super-married, super-have-children. And it’s really lovely.How do you feel about them as a couple? There’s a really good separation that exists, but we have a really great working relationship together. I’m Tonks, and he’s Harry, obviously. But it’s a really incredible opportunity for them to be kind of still and have to face one another with nothing else distracting them out of the normal environment.And we’re really, really proud of it. I feel like the whole women-can-have-it-all — there are elements about that that are definitely true, yes. And I keep them awake for a while to make sure, and stimulate them to make sure they’re not getting drowsy. Do not trust me with anything medically related! That’s when I am absolute happiest.”Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 returns Thursday, January 26, on ABC. We’re good friends. It’s totally safe in terms of my husband’s perspective.How’s mommyhood treating you?My daughter just turned two, and my son is about to turn five. My son is also obsessed with all things costume.

Posted January 18, 2017 by Gina Carbone*Warning: Potential “Game of Thrones” Season 7 spoilers ahead.*A character we didn’t think we’d see again will reportedly be seen again in “Game of Thrones” Season 7. She finally returns to her homeland, and instead of trying to find her family, her first instinct is to use the talents she just picked up to trick and slaughter her enemies? It’s possible, if Bradley’s Walder Frey does return, it’s in flashbacks. It’s unexpected, and yet not that surprising since it, too, fits with the rumored full-season leak.Watchers on the Wall noticed that the agency resume of actor David Bradley, aka The Late Walder Frey, was updated to include Season 7. But if Season 7 follows the leaks out there, he’ll be seen via one of Arya Stark’s Faceless tricks.You’ll recall that Arya killed the wonderfully terrible Walder at the end of Season 6, for his role in the Red Wedding. Martin’s books and know the basics. Ned would be scared of his little girl.More leak spoilers were confirmed — or appeared to be confirmed — by certain actors recently arriving in Iceland to shoot some pivotal scenes. Like us on Facebook. It is very possible that fans who want to know everything that happens really can just follow the leaks. They also noticed that it wrongly lists Season 2 instead of Season 3, which isn’t the best sign. Dang, Arya is savage. It’s a shame for HBO, but not too different from the early seasons when you could just pick up one of George R.R. According to the Season 7 leak originally posted to Reddit (via Daily Mail):”Arya’s first order of business in the season is to summon all the Freys using the face of Walder whom she executed last season, and – after sending all the women out – proposes a toast, poisoning the lot.”Here endeth the male Freys? Seeing it play out will still be very different.GoT Season 7 premieres this summer.Want more stuff like this?

OK, I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.'”To play gold prospector Kenny Wells, McC not only gained weight, he shaved his head, wore a toupee, and wore a set of veneers. and you’d be right! It’s also more fun.McConaughey told E! That would be too much exercise.”It’s a gluttony and sloth dream come true, but what happens when it’s time to lose the weight? Then go 209 to 201, easy.” But it still took patience, and he still feels like he’s not quite back to how he was yet.McConaughey told Entertainment Tonight his mom had a strong reaction to the transformation.”She kind of said, ‘Matthew, what… Not that much sweets. He’s my favorite character I’ve ever played.””Gold” will be released wide on January 27.Want more stuff like this? Posted January 18, 2017 by Gina CarboneMatthew McConaughey is used to losing weight for movies — including the 38 pounds he lost for his Oscar-winning role in “Dallas Buyers Club” — but “Gold” marked the first time he had to gain weight without also gaining muscle. I was trying out all these fast food restaurants that I’ve never had, or I’ve only had one time. Like us on Facebook. “I was making cheeseburgers. Cheeseburgers and beer will do the trick.”He also stopped exercising, which makes sense if you want to gain weight without muscle.”I wouldn’t even take the stairs to the second floor. You may think gaining weight is easier than losing weight … Golly. A wonderful American archetype. oh jeez… Then 211 to 209, crossing that 210 mark was really tough. well… The hard part was getting down to…I would go from 217 to 211, easy. You look like your dad. I like it better than when you were really, really skinny. But he loved it, and he told ET he loves the character:”Kenny Wells’ indulgences work for six months and then I had to come back and tighten up a little bit, but he’s a wonderful character. News he was “Captain Fun” around his house during the six months he worked to gain 47 pounds; his kids loved it because Dad said yes to everything they wanted to eat, making pizza night every night — and morning.”My favorite food is cheeseburgers, so I was eating cheeseburgers all the time,” McConaughey told E!. Well, McConaughey’s genes helped him out there, since his body — even at age 47 — seems to want to be lean and lanky.”Whatever your normal weight is, your body wants to go back there, or go up there, and find that place again.

— with nutty food references and other wacky kid-friendly shenanigans. Posted January 18, 2017 by Gina CarboneYep, they made a sequel to “The Nut Job.” Just go with it. It had the biggest opening weekend ever for an independent animated feature film, which would be why we’re getting another one. Like us on Facebook. At the very least it may make you hungry.Watch the trailer:According to Box Office Mojo, the 2014 movie cost around $42 million to make and made $64 million domestically and $56 million around the world, for a total north of $120 million. This sequel was originally scheduled to come out January 15 of 2016, but obviously got pushed back.Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jeff Dunham are all back from the original film, which has added Jackie Chan, Bobby Cannavale, and Peter Stormare, in addition to Bobby Moynihan.”The Nut Job 2″ opens August 18.Want more stuff like this? In “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” Will Arnett’s Surly the squirrel returns to try and stop Oakton’s crooked mayor (Bobby Moynihan) from destroying Liberty Park and turning it into an amusement park.Open Road Films just released the first official trailer for “The Nut Job 2,” and it literally explodes — more than once!

on HBO.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. They also don’t mean “Last Week Tonight” when teasing “the fourth season of HBO’s smash hit comedy.” Instead, “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani mocks Oliver as “an acquired taste” at best.Kumail Nanjiani: “Sometimes we don’t want a British man yelling at us about how the world is ending for a whole hour.”John Oliver: “Well, it’s a half an hour show.”Nanjiani: “Doesn’t feel like it.”HBO also does not mean “Last Week Tonight” when promoting “the long awaited return of the HBO show everyone’s been waiting for.” Nope. Posted January 18, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” Season 4 is going to have an absolute field day with the politics of 2017, but HBO’s new promo takes a much lighter tone. Nope! Because, as Larry David explains, he’s been “busy.” With “things.”Here’s the promo:Despite the typically self-deprecating tone, fans are dying to see John Oliver again in “Last Week Tonight,” which returns Sunday, February 12 at 11 p.m. It also cleverly teases three of its other returning shows in the same minute-and-a-half spot.The promo starts with a clear look at the “Game of Thrones” Iron Throne as a voice-over teases, “In 2017, HBO’s biggest Sunday night show returns…” And out pops John Oliver, mistaking the promo to mean his show. Why? That’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which has been away for five years.

“Will & Grace” ended after eight seasons, so perhaps we should call the 2017-2018 revival Season 9? Like us on Facebook. Posted January 18, 2017 by Gina CarboneThey’re baaaaack! It’s official: NBC confirmed the return of “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode limited revival, to star the original cast and air during the 2017-2018 season.Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally will anchor the show, NBC announced Wednesday at the TCAs, and OG creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers. According to Entertainment Weekly, director James Burrows — who directed the show’s entire run from 1998-2006 — is also back to direct and executive produce.There were rumors that this was coming, but now it is not only confirmed, it is confirmed with its own reunion teaser video:As Mutchnick said in a statement (via EW), “Dave [Kohan] and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017.”We can imagine what they each think about the new president, but it should be fun to see them in action. Stay tuned for more details on the story, guest stars, and premiere date.Want more stuff like this?

Posted January 18, 2017 by Kelly Woo”The Walking Dead” is listening to its fans and toning down the violence. 12.Want more stuff like this? At an industry panel, the show’s producers acknowledged the backlash after the season 7 premiere, in which two major characters suffered brutal deaths. Many fans declared they intended to stop watching the AMC drama and ratings did drop somewhat for the first part of the season.In response, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said, “We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence. “[Fans] let us know they were heartbroken.” While Hurd believes there is a bit of disconnect between what people saw and what they thought they saw, she declared, “This is not a show that is torture porn … Like us on Facebook. “Our show’s not a success if no one cares when you kill off main characters,” Hurd noted. We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.””The Walking Dead” has always been gruesome, but the deaths-by-beating of Glenn and Abraham were particularly visceral. Let’s make sure we don’t cross that line.””The Walking Dead” returns for the second part of season 7 on Sunday, Feb.

In the movie, the afterlife has been scientifically proven, which leads people to start committing suicide to get there. Posted January 18, 2017 by Kelly WooIf the afterlife exists, would you want to get there as soon as possible?That’s the central dilemma of “The Discovery,” which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has already been acquired by Netflix. The first trailer doesn’t give much away about the plot — it’s more of a mood piece set to a haunting rendition of Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” and featuring windswept, grey vistas. Robert Redford plays the scientist who made the discovery, Jason Segel is his son, and Rooney Mara is a woman with a troubled past that Segel falls for.The tone and subject seem in line with “The One I Love,” another offbeat, somewhat dark sci-fi romance directed by Charlie McDowell.”The Discovery” begins streaming March 31 on Netflix.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.

It is the top new network series of the season, averaging nearly 10 million viewers and a high 2.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic in live plus same day ratings. In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we’re proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated.”Want more stuff like this? “‘This Is Us’ is as good as anything we’ve ever had, we’re thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there’s no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. Seasons 2 and 3 will both be at least 18 episodes long.The renewal is no surprise, since “This Is Us” has been a huge success for NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we’re grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan Fogelman. Posted January 18, 2017 by Kelly WooIt’s a big day for “ThIs Is Us” — NBC has renewed the hit freshman for two more seasons.The network made the announcement at its panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. The show also received a Golden Globe nomination for best drama, NBC’s first in a decade.”We all got our wish that this is a hit show,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. Like us on Facebook.

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— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) January 18, 2017The movie stars the voice of T.J. Yes, the guy who has embodied Captain Picard and Professor X will now play Poop:He ain’t no 🎉💩! Miller as Gene, an emoji outcast because he can wear multiple expressions. In a bid to become normal, Gene teams up with best bud Hi-5 (James Corden) and hacker Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer) on an “app-venture” through the phone to fix his code.Sony also announced Maya Rudolph will voice Crazy Happy and Jennifer Coolidge will voice Gene’s mom, Mary Meh.”The Emoji Movie” opens in theaters August 4. Posted January 18, 2017 by Kelly WooPoop’s on you, Patrick Stewart!The veteran British actor will voice the Poop Emoji in the upcoming “Emoji Movie.” Sony live-tweeted announcements of more cast members for the animated film. Want more stuff like this? So excited to announce the distinguished @SirPatStew as Poop in the #EmojiMovie – in theaters August 4th! Like us on Facebook.

He would straighten his posture, the eyebrow would go up, and I would say, “Patricia.” Instantly. He demands excellence, and it’s a privilege to work with someone who pushes you in that way. We’re similar but we’re also very different beings. Because most of her stuff in the script is stage direction, it’s not dialogue.How much did Night let you know about the character?When I met Night to do the audition I got nothing. The scenes with him in his room were just so intense. As Casey, she brings a quiet strength and wily intelligence to the role. It just happens that those characters and those stories exist in darkness. One of these girls, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), is a bit of a black sheep and her own mysterious past is teased throughout the movie.If you don’t know Taylor-Joy yet, you will. I’d have to say it’s a combination of Patricia and Hedwig. But they’re rarely commended as acting showcases, even though a handful of performances in his films serve as near-career highlights for the actors performing them (Bruce Willis in “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable,” Mel Gibson in “Signs,” Bryce Dallas Howard in “The Village”).Shyamalan’s latest mind-bender is “Split,” and features a handful of peerless performances. With Casey, I just heard her voice. She’s so quiet and so observant and has such a strong core strength. Then the reaction that we got at Sundance was so unprecedented. And the reason they can’t figure out my accent is because I don’t have one. She’s so desperate to be a part of the girls that she fetishizes them in a way. And so when I speak English I just mimic whoever I am around. I always knew I loved acting, but now I’m in love with what I do. We did it twice. And I was like, “OK. I never thought, “Now I’m a serious actor and I’m only going to do genre movies.” I just follow my characters. He’s a friend and a mentor but working with him is different. Was it hard for you to learn that dialect?Not at all. Posted January 18, 2017 by Drew TaylorM. One was with a Kanye West song and one was with the song that’s in the movie. So, after I read the script, I knew I was in.Of all of James McAvoy’s personalities, which were the most fun to play against?Ooh … I go mama bear protective over it. It was just one of the girls. He’s changed the way I act, forever. I have to really commend his ability to move his face. Her inner world that she’s built to protect herself is so rich and deep and I really wanted to see if I could challenge myself to communicate with the audience without speaking. Absolutely nothing. It’s the kind of star-making performance that feels like it only comes around every so often. And he just knocked it out of the park. If you had to say, “Which relationship did I enjoy the most?” It would be Hedwig. Nigh Shyamalan next week, including a discussion of the movie’s seriously insane twist. I could tell which character I was talking to just with the flicker of an eyebrow.Really?Oh, yeah. I guess we hit the zeitgeist at the right time.It’s so weird seeing you in modern clothes.And talking with a normal accent.Yes! Night Shyamalan is a director whose films are widely praised for their high concept ingeniousness, beautiful camerawork, and soul recalibrating twists. Anytime she would brush my hair, it would make me extremely uncomfortable. I spoke Spanish until I was 8. And then, when I read the script …Something that is very common for me in all of the characters that I do play is that I love them. But I was also seeing it through Casey’s point-of-view. one last question: Would thou like to live deliciously?I am! It wasn’t even specified who I was reading for. So my scene was the window scene. But I remember seeing Robert, in my puritan gear, covered in blood, and I said, “You know, we made a really cool movie but it’s a shame nobody will ever see it.” And he said, “I know, I know.” We were completely calm about it. That was this morning, right?Yeah!When you were making “The Witch,” did you have any idea it was going to have this impact?Oh, hell no! Instantly, Casey’s voice came so strongly for me I never even considered Marcia or Claire. Bye!”We were told not to explicitly discuss the ending. But that said, it’s been really good fun.What about this character made you think, I have to do this?It’s either an instinctual thing, or my heart goes like this [makes a motion of her heart beating fast]. I loved Casey so much. So I met James, we shook hands, and he proceeded to spoon me on Night’s couch. And I just heard her voice. So, at the end, when he’s flickering through all of the personalities, Casey is done. [Laughs]”Split” is out this Friday. I really did. I grew up my whole life having a thick English accent and I’m here for two minutes and I’m already using the accent. I would just talk to him for two minutes before going up and I’d be fine.OK … So not only was the language super poetic but we had a little boy, Lucas, who was from Yorkshire. “Split” is the story of a man (played by James McAvoy) who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, meaning that he has 23 personalities living in the same body. I feel like a lot of actors couldn’t have done it, because there’s a big possibility for failure. But I can’t remember which Kanye West song it was.Did McAvoy talk you through what he was going to do, or was it a complete surprise?We were lucky enough to have a week of rehearsals prior to filming. And I was done, too. After the take was over I’d say, “It’s James, it’s fine.” But him with the brushing was like, Ahhh, this isn’t fun …Was he actually dancing to a Kanye West song?Yes, he was. I have a real instinct for This is my character and if I don’t do this I am going to die. The first thing I read of anything was sides [specific scenes that are taken from the script], because it’s Night and he’s secret. He’s given me such a love for the craft. I was like, “I don’t understand anything. I have a very strong feeling with directors, too, and I love directors. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life. He wouldn’t have to say anything. And what makes it even more incredible is that it’s following Taylor-Joy’s breakout role in Robert Eggers’s “The Witch” from last year.I got to sit down with Taylor-Joy in New York City to talk about “Split,” what it was like working for Shyamalan, whether or not she knew that “The Witch” would be such a sensation, and, given the movie’s unexpected ending, if she’d be back for further adventures.Moviefone: Most of the movies you’ve made so far have been genre-based. She’s so quiet and, as you can tell, I never shut up. Cool!” But he’s so fearless in this film. I would love to!So you’d do another movie with Night?Oh, absolutely. We’ll have more from writer/director M. With James dancing at you and you have to tell yourself, “You’re scared, you’re scared, this isn’t funny.” But with Patricia, I had such a visceral reaction to her as a person. It’s an intense love and it’s kind of scary sometimes because I’m not very good at sticking up for myself but if you mess with my character, you’re going down. And I would like to preface this by saying everyone that made that movie is my legitimate family. It’s an aspect of my job that I absolutely love — getting to work with these incredible people and create something bigger than yourself. It was the first time I ever felt like I fit in. So he offered me the role, and I said, “Well I have to read the script.” And he said, “But I’ve offered you the role.” I had to tell him that it doesn’t work like that. After Robert, he’s the director who has had the biggest influence on me. His shrink (Betty Buckley) tries to get through to him and, all the while, he has three teenage girls locked up in a subterranean lair. I’ve been so proud of my work thus far, even if other people didn’t like it, but it was my choice and I’m very proud of that. But from the second I met him I thought, I have to work with you. But is there a possibility for you to be a part of future adventures?I would love to. And this is just my life now. It’s super annoying for me and people get irritated with me because they can’t figure out my accent. When you have someone you vibe with like that, it elevates working to a whole other level.Congratulations on your BAFTA nomination. What’s the appeal of these movies for you?I don’t think about it that way.

On top of that, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions have reportedly optioned the rights to a best-selling book on the subject, Jeffrey Toobin’s “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.” It’s fitting considering that the author’s 1997 book “The Run of His Life: The People v. Murphy is developing an installment that would dramatize former President Bill Clinton’s ’90s affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Season 2, which is expected to premiere in 2018, will center on Hurricane Katrina, and then Season 3 will take on the assassination of fashion designer Gianni Versace about six months later. We’ve got a lot of good TV — and scandal — in our future.[via: THR] The scandal rocked the nation and culminated in Clinton being impeached by the House of Representatives before the Senate acquitted him.Sources tell THR that producers are already working on casting actresses to play Lewinsky and her colleague Linda Tripp. Posted January 18, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio Long”American Crime Story” creator Ryan Murphy is thinking ahead — way ahead.Seasons 2 and 3 of the true crime anthology series are already in the works, and now yet another is reported to be as well. O.J. Toobin served as a consultant on the first installment.Assuming all moves forward as planned, we still have at least two seasons of “American Crime Story” to get through before the series brings us the Clinton sex scandal. Simpson” inspired “American Crime Story” Season 1.

Posted January 19, 2017 by Nick RomanoX-23 is the new Eleven.”Logan” director James Mangold noted during a press preview of the film that actress Dafne Keen is only 11 years old (soon to be 12), but she’ll no doubt draw comparisons to the popular character from Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Why? To her, Wolverine has become a heroic symbol, and she begs him to help her.Logan, having shed this visage long ago, shakes her off, thinking that’s the last he will see of her. It’s hilarious.Logan and Caliban take turns administering daily medication to Charles that helps keep his untamable telepathic powers in check, while his confines — a tipped-out water tower — offers further protection as the minerals in the metal work to keep his abilities contained within the space.Soon, they get to meet Laura.During an early scene, in which Logan is waiting for a client just beyond a rain-soaked funeral, he’s approached by Gabriella (“Fear the Walking Dead” actress Elizabeth Rodriguez). We pick up with Hugh Jackman’s Logan in the year 2029, a time when there hasn’t been a mutant birth in 25 years and the species has virtually died out. But it is implied that the final intended destination might be Canada, Logan’s ol’ stomping grounds.)Logan later returns to the hotel and finds that Gabriella has been killed. This Charles is unlike any version of the character we have seen before; he’s very old, suffering from the mutant equivalent of alzheimer’s, and he loves to say the F-word. She’s that badass.”She will even get more amazing for you guys when you see the rest of the movie,” Mangold promised.He and co-writer Scott Frank didn’t want to fall into the same “easy screenwriting tricks” in their approach to bringing a hispanic X-23 to the screen. “The first idea that occurred to me was doing ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ with these characters, and that’s kind of, believe it or not, what evolved into this,” Mangold said.Their in-depth search for an actress led to Keen, who performs a lot of the stunts herself.”I wanted to take the kind of cute stink off Laura,” Mangold added. And so the idea for us was this idea that they live in a world in which the legend of them exists, but it’s not really what happened, completely — or is it?”It’s through this concept where we find Logan working as a limo driver in El Paso, Texas, ferrying bachelorette parties, socialites, frat bros, and all manner of ilk through and around the border of Mexico. I was really nervous about that, and it’s one of the great things happening in cinema now — is that language, we’re relying less. “I didn’t want it to turn into kind of Kewpie-doll actress. A secret organization attempted to re-create the Weapon X project, which laced Logan’s skeleton with unbreakable adamantium. They need to get to North Dakota by Friday or else they’ll “miss our chance to cross.” (Where are they crossing? Though she doesn’t say much, Xavier uses his abilities to communicate with Laura, promising they’ll help her while trying to explain to Logan that she’s just like him.We don’t learn what he means by that until Pierce shows up with The Reavers. (There also seems to be a certain wall on the border that parallels more recent events in our present.) Adding insult to injury, Logan’s mutant powers are failing — which we see in the opening scene, where a dreary Logan wakes up to find a gang trying to steal his tires, it takes much longer for his healing abilities to kick in and his third claw doesn’t always extend fully.Logan hangs his hat in an abandoned warehouse/factory in the middle of the desert, where he and his roommate, the albino mutant tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant), care for an ailing Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart). The future is that bad.)It’s also a time where X-Men comics exist within the same space, elevating mutants to a certain degree of celebrity.”The interesting thing for me was the idea, and in show business many of us experience this in more regular ways, but just when legends are made human, and what happens when a legend is living under the weight of all of the bulls**t and hyperbole,” Mangold explained to press after the footage screening.”Who is the Real Paul Bunyan and did he really have Babe the Blue Ox, or was it really just a large ox and it got exaggerated? Later, after retrieving more of Xavier’s meds — which turn out to be regular aspirin — Logan is surprised by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook, above), a mysterious man in black with (naturally) a bionic arm. He’s looking for Gabriella because, as he says, she “took something of mine when I wasn’t looking” and hopes Logan might have encountered her.Although he tries to stay out of the situation, Logan encounters Gabriella again. A lot. Yep. She used the limo service to lure him to a motel room, where, exasperated and bleeding, she claims Pierce is her angry boyfriend trying to take their daughter, Laura, who’s keeping to herself in the parking lot. Laura, being a resourceful girl, hides in the trunk of his limo and is taken back to the warehouse. Movies are becoming more and more bilingual, and multilingual, and it’s actually making us as directors tell stories, again, more with eyes, and camera, and in collaboration with our actors.”In this regard, “Logan” packs the added significance of existing within our modern political climate — as we approach the age of President Donald Trump, a man who’s made defamatory blanket remarks on the hispanic population, here comes a blockbuster film that introduces a female hispanic superhero to a major movie franchise.”I think we’ve all felt what’s going on in the country right now, for several years, so I mean, I don’t think we’re — I’m not Kreskin, to make an old reference,” Mangold joked. Because both are tough-as-nails, they barely speak, and they pack some seriously badass abilities.Marvel fans long speculated that Keen’s character in “Logan” was the fan-favorite clone of Wolverine. The sound of gunfire and screams rip through the air, and Laura calmly walks out of the building, stained with blood and holding the decapitated head of a Reaver, which rolls like a bowling ball to her tormenters.Pierce tries to convince Laura to come with them, but his coddling expression turns to terror as two adamantium claws slink out from each set of knuckles.X-23 mashes together the inventive acrobatics of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow with the ferocity of Wolverine’s berserker rage to deliver a fight frenzy worthy of the film’s R rating — and when the Reavers seem to have an upper hand on the little serial killer, she has those two extra blades in her feet to assist.She also runs up the front of the moving limo and into the sunroof as easy as we would get up from the couch to grab something from the fridge. I didn’t quite imagine what was gonna happen over the next 18 months, but that I imagined it percolating.””Logan” hits theaters on March 3, 2017. (Also, tigers are extinct. This was further egged on by teaser imagery on social media naming her Laura, which many presumed to be Laura Kinney. “But I did, you felt this going on. Unsure. You feel what’s going on, and I’ve felt it for a long time.”According to him, the film couldn’t take place in a “contemporary moment,” choosing instead to project an America years away.”When I was a kid, I’d imagined what it would be like in 25 years, and I didn’t imagine that my hometown would pretty much look exactly the same way as it does now, and that this Jetsons idea of the future is not so such a reality,” he explained.”As a lot of the world looks pretty much the same, with some styling changes, but the undercurrents of stress that you’re feeling, I just imagined everything we were feeling now. While Logan is outside, men begin flooding the warehouse to apprehend the girl. Because the mutant’s genetic sample was so damaged, the team could not retrieve the Y chromosome to create a male clone — but they could clone a female equivalent.The film offers a different scenario more aligned with the world of the X-Men movies. Fox finally made the news official to press in the best way possible — by screening the first 40 minutes of “Logan.”In the comics, Laura was the 23rd attempt to clone Wolverine, hence the name X-23.

And you can’t underestimate the value of skillful campaigning in helping an awards candidate that might otherwise be overlooked rise instead to the top of the screener pile.Take “Lion,” for instance. Look at “Deadpool.”Fox didn’t have to spend a dime to promote it to awards voters; why bother, when the superhero spoof is already hugely profitable and long out of theaters. And like everyone else, we’ll find out at home. So it looks like Ryan Reynolds is paying for the movie’s modest campaign out of his own pocket. It’s a little indie drama from the Weinstein Company that’s made just $14 million in eight weeks of release. (The others went to Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival.”)The DGA nods are one of the most reliable predictors of Oscar success, not just in the directing category, but also in Best Picture. 24. Posted January 19, 2017 by Gary SusmanForget #OscarsSoWhite. (After all, an Oscar nomination is worth more at the box office than a win, since it comes six weeks earlier in a movie’s theatrical run, so scoring nominations is what awards publicists get paid to do.)So for Sargent and her fellow campaigners to make do without the informal announcement ceremony is to give up the publicist version of the actual Oscars. For the first time in recent memory, the Globes were handed out early enough to have an impact, but how much were they going to change the momentum in a race where Globe favorites “La La Land,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight” were already the frontrunners?Guess we’ll find out when the Academy streams its nominations next Tuesday. Nonetheless, the Merc with the Mouth has earned more precursor awards and nominations — including the Globes, the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild, and the American Cinema Editors — than such Oscar-bait movies as “Silence,” “Jackie,” or “Sully.” If “Deadpool” makes it into the Best Picture category ahead of any of those movies, it won’t be for lack of campaigning on their part.It’s anyone’s guess, really, how much this week’s guild nominations influenced Oscar voters, who had to file their nomination ballots last Friday. Besides “Lion,” the ASC nominated the cinematographers behind “Arrival,” “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Silence,” but since the ASC winner has gone on to take the Oscar only about a third of the time, the award isn’t a good predictor of how the Academy will vote.The Costume Designers Guild nominated 15 movies this week (in three categories: period, contemporary, and fantasy), but since Oscar voters almost always prefer period costumes, “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Jackie” may be the only CDG nominees that matter.And then there’s last week’s Golden Globes. The awards group said it was scrapping its traditional pre-dawn live announcement in favor of a taped video that will stream online (still at the same ungodly hour) and air on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”You’d think publicists, who used to gather at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre for the wee-hours ceremony, would be thrilled about not having to drive across Los Angeles while they’re half asleep in order to learn whether the movies they mounted awards campaigns for got nominated. But Harvey Weinstein is a master at turning such films into trophy magnets, and his campaign team has scored some real coups this season: Four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Drama (and perhaps more important, a podium appearance by adorable eight-year-old “Lion” star Sunny Pawar that was a highlight of the Globe broadcast), and several award nominations from Hollywood’s professional guilds.It also earned a nod last week from the American Society of Cinematographers for Greig Fraser’s camerawork, and, in the week’s biggest upset, it earned director Garth Davis, a relatively unknown and unseasoned Australian filmmaker, one of five coveted slots in the Directors Guild Award nominations. So the fact that Davis made it instead of, say, Martin Scorsese (“Silence”), Denzel Washington (“Fences”), David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”), or Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”) means we now have to take “Lion” seriously as a contender for Oscar’s top prize — more seriously, even, than “Fences” or “Hacksaw Ridge.”True, some unlikely movies prevail even without much campaigning. The campaigners don’t actually make the movies, so for publicists to gripe that they’re being denied a ceremony celebrating their role in shepherding the films toward awards-podium glory makes them sound like roosters seeking credit for the sunrise.Still, it’s not like the Academy can afford to alienate anybody right now, including a profession that includes several Academy voters. The live nominations announcement, she said, is where Oscar campaigners traditionally convene and congratulate one another on the hard work involved in orchestrating voter screenings, DVD mailings, and “For Your Consideration” ads in the trade papers.Now, if you’re a normal person living outside Hollywood, such complaints may strike you as narcissistic. There’s a new marginalized group of industry professionals complaining that the Academy is shutting them out: publicists.The outrage among film flacks began Friday, when the Academy announced a change in the way it will reveal the Oscar nominees on Jan. But no.One disappointed publicist, Dorothea Sargent, wrote a column for the Hollywood Reporter, noting that, for her and her peers, the real honor really is in just getting nominated.

“Clearly we drew a lot of inspiration, not only from ‘Old Man Logan,’ but other sources,” Mangold revealed.The director, who also co-wrote “Logan,” described Mark Millar’s original take as Clint Eastwood in the Western “Unforgiven.””I think the idea that I wanted to explore further was the idea of being in kind of twilight, of being over it, of losing faith,” he added. From the moment Mangold started mapping out the plot of “Logan,” the story also became about X-23, the female clone of Wolverine, played here by Dafne Keen.”The biggest thing that’s inspiring from the comics and the storyline, besides drawing from a sense of place and setting for ‘Old Man Logan,’ was also drawing upon the X-23 comic books and the charting of that character and the launching of the character,” he explained.Mangold wanted more “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Paper Moon” than the typically sexualized actress playing a younger superhero, which led to a central question: “How do you make an adult, intense movie, but you involve the issues of children coming to terms with the darkness of the adult world?” The filmmaker told Moviefone that he sees a longer shelf-life for X-23 beyond “Logan,” so perhaps there’s room to explore her story further in the future.”Logan” hits theaters March 3. Posted January 19, 2017 by Nick Romano”Logan” director James Mangold really wanted to make an “adult comic book movie.””We have adult Westerns and adult science-fiction movies, but somehow comic book movies — even by their nature and titles — seem like they’re for 12-year-olds,” he recently told Moviefone at a press event for his latest film, which will reportedly be Hugh Jackman’s last time going snkit as Wolverine.Mangold got want he wanted with “Logan.” As 20th Century Fox, the home of the X-Men films, was finding success with its R-rated “Deadpool,” the studio announced the final chapter of the Wolverine saga would share the same kid-inappropriate tone.Hugh Jackman reprises the titular role for the film, which has long been teased to adapt parts of the “Old Man Logan” storyline from the comics.

Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Tracy Morgan Will Play Camels in “The Star”
A version of The Greatest Story Ever Told from the point of view of the animals, “The Star” features Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) as Bo, a donkey inspired to follow the Star of Bethlehem.He’s joined by a sheep (“SNL” star Aidy Bryant) and Dave the Dove (Keegan-Michael Key). There’s also Anthony Anderson as the paranoid goat, Zach, with Gina Rodriguez as Mary and Zachary Levi as Joseph.Producer DeVon Franklin and director Timothy Reckart said nearly everyone they asked on their “dream cast” list said “yes.” And, of course, choosing “Jane the Virgin” star Rodriguez as Mary was “obvious casting.”9. Set Sail for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Vivo” in 2020
It’s a long way away, but we do know that the musical, with songs penned by “Hamilton” star
Lin-Manuel Miranda, will take us on a journey from Havana to Miami, Sony Animation President Kristine Belson promised.Academy Award-nominated director Kirk De Micco (“The Croods”) will direct from a script by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (“In the Heights’). Posted January 19, 2017 by Sharon KnolleSony Animation is doubling down on emojis and Smurfs.At a recent event in Culver City, California, where Sony highlighted their upcoming animated slate, we learned a lot about “The Emoji Movie,” “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” a holiday movie featuring a donkey who follows the Star of Bethlehem, “Hotel Transylvania 3,” and the upcoming movie written by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda.Here is a quick recap: 1. Emojis Have Feelings, Too
The film was enthusiastically introduced by T.J. Julia Roberts Gets to Be a SmurfNews alert: Smurfette is no longer the only female Smurf!The blue heroine finds that she has Smurf sisters who are part of a lost Smurf village. That bubbly character is voiced by Ellie Kemper, while Ariel Winter is the more practical Lily and Michelle Rodriguez is the tougher Storm.And is there someone for Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin)? Captain Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart, will lend his voice talents to “The Emoji Movie,” playing fecal matter. The character originated as a throwaway joke that made it into the film and quickly became everyone’s favorite.8. They do so by surfing along Spotify songs, going inside Instagram vacation photos, and getting trapped in (naturally) YouTube cat videos.4. The director also says that “WTF?!” is the first reaction he gets from people when told there is an emoji movie happening.2. The Emojis Pull a “Wreck-It-Ralph’ and Journey Outside Their App
In order to reset Gene to factory standards, he and BFF James Corden (High Five), go outside their app with hacker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Joe Manganiello Was a Big Smurfs Fan
Manganiello, who voices the he-man Smurf, Hefty, admitted he was a big fan of the little blue guys as a kid — he even had the stickers!Meanwhile, costar Demi Lovato made everyone feel old by admitting she did her research on the Smurfs by “asking my parents.”5. He seems quite smitten with Smurfwillow (Julia Roberts), the female matriarch of these strange Smurfs. Tables? Rainn Wilson voices the evil Gargamel.Gordon Ramsay cameos as a quick-tempered Baker Chef (a-doy!) and Titus Burgess voices Vanity Smurf.6. Miller, the voice of main character, Gene, who’s supposed to be a “Meh” emoji like Mom (Jennifer Coolidge) and Dad (a brilliantly cast Steven Wright), but instead feels all the feels.That threatens all the other emojis, who might get deleted if one of them malfunctions. Much like The Powerpuff Girls, there are three and one is named Blossom. Because That’s a Thing
Asbury also revealed that a Smurf who just can’t stop eating wooden tables will appear. “Hotel Transylvania 3” Almost Didn’t Happen Director Genndy Tartakovskyadmitted that he wasn’t sure he’d make a third film in the series, until a terrible cruise with his own family inspired him to make a threequel.Onboard, Dracula (Adam Sandler) falls for captain Ericka (whose casting was not announced), a descendant of Van Helsing!10. The Smurfs Will Return to Their Original Look
Director Kelly Asbury was determined that this new version of the beloved blue mushroom-dwellers would look more like the original drawings by Peyo, and not the more “realistic” Smurfs of recent films.7. Get Ready for “Puppy”
Tartakovsky’s new animated short, in which Grandpa Drac gets a monstrously oversized puppy for grandson Dennis, will debut in front of “The Emoji Movie” in August.11. Sir Patrick Stewart Will Voice a “Classy” Poop
Yup. Hey, he’s wearing a bow tie!Naturally, there will be plenty of poop jokes says director Tony Leondis. The rest of the all-star voice cast includes Jack McBrayer as Clumsy and Danny Pudi as Brainy. Maya Rudolph voices Smiler (the very first emoji, whose job is to keep all the other emojis in line).3. Say Hello to a Smurf That Eats…

To this day, we always channel our inner Dionne whenever we accidentally get on the freeway, which is basically all the time.These are the 14 reasons no movie BFF will ever top Queen Dionne. Posted January 19, 2017 by Rachel HornerIt doesn’t get sassier or more stylish than Dionne (Stacey Dash). Without her, “Clueless” would’ve been missing our ultimate spirit animal (no offense, Cher).